- About the Department
Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy is skilled intervention that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. It gives people the "skills for the job of living" necessary for independent and satisfying lives.
Occupational science (Pre-OT) examines the meaning and value of activities (occupations) for persons of all ages, including habits, routines and lifestyles, and their relationships to our cultural and social environments. Occupational scientists explore how engagement in activities contributes to our physical, psychological and spiritual health, well-being and overall quality of life.
The occupational science major provides Saint Louis University students with an in-depth understanding of the effect that participation in activities have on health. This understanding prepares our students for the Master's Program in Occupational Therapy where they apply their occupational science knowledge to the study supporting the health and quality of life of individuals throughout the lifespan, including those with disabilities and chronic illness.
Services typically include:
- Customized interventions to improve one's ability to participate in daily activities
- Comprehensive home,job site, and community evaluations with adaptation recommendations
- Performance skills assessments and interventions
- Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training
- Guidance to family members and caregivers